Monday, October 31, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "BOO! Happy Halloween!" Abstract Ghoul

10"H x 7.5"W Original oil on Board
$75. Unframed

I really had fun painting this somewhat abstracted Halloween Ghoul to scare your socks off!  10% of the sale price will go to Kimberly Conrad's Club 47 for breast cancer research.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's Pumpkin Challenge"Up Close & Personal"

6"H x 6"W Original Oil on Raymar Panel
Unframed.  This pumpkin painting may be found on the Daily Paintworks site up for auction starting bid at $35.00 or purchased here for $65.00.  10% of the proceeds from the sale go to Kimberly Conrad's Club 47 to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Shadow Cat"

6"H x 6"W Oil on Raymar Panel
$95.00 in Floater Frame
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I love this little stack of a carved-look pumpkin, black cat and a crow.  It was sitting on my kitchen windowsill for the month of October.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Fall Flavors"

 8"H x 8"W Original Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
$105.00 Framed    S&H to your ZIP
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The Pantone color of the year for 2012 is "Tangerine Tango"  I happen to love, ...yellow, aqua.  Ah well, I digress!   So I will be doing more paintings with ORANGE!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's " California,Mexico & Brazil"

12"H x 16"W Original Pastel , Framed Under Glass, Double Matted
The Daily Paintworks site is having a challenge donating the proceeds of all sales to The Help the Children of Africa Challenge.  You can find this painting on the DPW auction site under that challenge.   Starting bid $100.  Free shipping. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "The Fairy Godmother"

11.75"H x 9"W Original Oil on Black Canson Paper
This painting is for sale in the Daily Paintworks auction site for the Challenge, "Every Mother Counts".
All proceeds from the sale will go to Heather Armstrong's(aka Dooce) Team.
I am starting the bid at $50.00 plus actual shipping to your location.

I was ready to paint this little fairy one morning and realized that I didn't have a canvas available in the size I wanted, so just decided to paint her on a piece of my black Canson pastel paper.  I think the dark background really sparks up her vibrant colors.

Gloria J.Zucaro's Ten Minute Pumpkin Challenge

Two side-by-side 6"H x 6"W Raymar Canvas Panels
These may be bought as a set or individually for $35.00 each.  The money from the sale will go to Feed the Children Challenge on the Daily Paintworks site after this weekly challenge ends next Saturday.

These pumpkins are the second 10 minute challenge from Carol Marine.  The object is to paint one still life object 8 times.  Each time you do it you are allowed 10 minutes to paint the subject.  When your timer rings, you must stop.  As you can see from my pumpkins, each time you paint it, you have made decisions about what you want to accomplish or change in each one.  I started quite large and ended large.  I changed some colors along the way, too.  By the end I pretty much knew what I wanted to say.  Does this mean I must paint everything 8 times before I get a satisfactory painting??  No, it means though that I should paint as much as possible and really analyze my still life for its' shapes, colors and values before I jump into the painting.  I mixed my pools of color before I started the timer so that I wouldn't waste time experimenting.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "The Mushroom & The Worm"

12"H x 9"W Original Pastel on sanded paper.
 from the photo on the new" Shoot and Paint" art Challenge site.
This new challenge site posts a photo once a month for your painting interpretation.
The painting may be purchased unframed with a protective paper, unframed but double matted, and matted with glass and frame.

Unframed/Unframed Matted/Framed with Glass & Mat

                            Today mushrooms made me think of the worm who sat on the mushroom in Alice In Wonderland.  I have started another mushroom and worm painting in oil with the worm sitting on top of the mushroom.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Awe Nuts!"

5"H x 7"W Original Oil  $95.00 Framed in plain black floater frame
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  Another one of my lunches!  This day I really ran out of time and put a handful of mixed nuts in a Ziploc sandwiche bag and ran.  I decided to use them as my still life...before I ate them for lunch!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Blue Glass Lemon"

8"H x 8"W Original Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
$100.05 Framed in plain black Floater Frame
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I went to Costco to get some things for a luncheon at my house with girlfriends.  One friend drinks tea, so I bought a bag of lemons.  What was I thinking!  I got 5lbs of lemons and as it turned out she didn't even have tea that day!  So I am thinking I am going to have to make homemade lemonade...humm, I think I need a 5lb bag of sugar! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Diamonds are..."

11"H x 14"W Original oil on Canvas

Another really fun challenge from the Daily Paintworks site.  Carol Marine listed a photo of a young girl with a very busy background.  She said to do what we would with the photo in making our own background.  I don't know why, but I immediately thought of the young girl leaving Tiffany's with her bag filled with and her body covered in diamonds.  Carol's photo is below.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "Entri qui, per favore"

10"H x 8"W Original Oil from part of cropped photo by Layne Cook
for the Daily Paintworks Challenge for the week of October 9-15.

In this challenge we were to pick part of the photo from Layne and make our own composition.  
Here is whole photo.
When I enlarged it to see it better, I saw this beautiful carved wooden and massive doorway at the top of the stairs. It is draped with a canopy and side panels in lush fabric.  I was attracted the the doorway and curved stonework over the door as well as the light on the side of the building leading up to the entry.  To me it is in an Italian city.  So I am calling it "Enter Here, Please" in Italian.  The translation is from the Yahoo Babel Fish site.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's "String Cheese Salad"

7"H x 5"W Original Oil 
$95.00    Framed in black floater frame
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Here is another one of my Summer lunches.  I always have some string cheese available for my 3 year old grandson Enzo when he comes over.  So if I am in a hurry, it is great to grab some cherry tomatoes, the cheese and a little shake of salt on the tomatoes for a quick snack.  I love my salt and pepper set that were handcrafted with wire and blue & red  glass drops.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My Hands Challenge "Just Twiddling My Thumbs"

8"H x 10"W Original Oil on Raymar Panel
$75.00 Unframed
I finally got around to having someone take a picture of my hands, yesterday, while I was twiddling.  Today I got the painting done, instead of just sitting around twiddling my thumbs.  When I am sitting waiting for a train with 189 cars to pass, I twiddle.  When I am in a lecture situation and am not supposed to participate or ask questions, I twiddle.  My daughter said I am the only one she has even seen do the twiddle!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's Abstract "One Turquoise Egg"

8"H x 16"W Original Oil on Raymar Canvas Panel
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I love the strokes of texture in various colors under my eggs.  
Their little chunky nest reminds me of a log and it's splinters.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gloria J Zucaro's " Egg Cup"

6"H x 6"W Original Oil On Raymar Panel

      This painting is shown in the October 2011 issue of Southwest Art magazine

An exercise in white, reflecting the red background fabric and the cool light from the windows.  I love eggs!  They seem to have a personality and are versatile and willing to pose for you in any situation.